Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy is an interview/talk show hosted by author David Barr Kirtley and produced by Lightspeed Magazine editor John Joseph Adams. Each episode features an interview with a leading figure in the world of science and science fiction, followed by a discussion of science fiction books, movies, video games, and more.
Guests include novelists such as George R. R. Martin (A Game of Thrones), Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass), Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), Charlaine Harris (the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series), Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), William Gibson (Neuromancer), Neal Stephenson (Anathem), Cory Doctorow (Little Brother), and Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness); filmmakers such as Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Felicia Day (The Guild); comic book writers such as Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Mike Mignola (Hellboy); video game designers such as Ron Gilbert (The Secret of Monkey Island) and Richard Garriott (Ultima); and scientists/nonfiction writers such as P. W. Singer (Wired for War), Paul Krugman (New York Times columnist), Mary Roach (Stiff), Brian Greene (Fabric of the Cosmos), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Nova scienceNOW), and Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion).
The show launched in January 2010. Season One (2010) was produced for Tor.com, the website of a major science fiction book publisher. Season Two (2011) was produced for io9.com, a science fiction and futurism blog owned by Gawker Media. Seasons Three (2012) and Four (2013) were produced for Wired.com, the website of the popular tech magazine Wired. John Joseph Adams served as full-time co-host for the first 100 episodes. To learn more, check out The History of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The A.V. Club calls Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy “an informative and impressively in-depth podcast well worth checking out.” The show was ranked #1 on the iTunes Literature list for podcasts in April 2013 and June 2014. It has also ranked as high as #5 on the Arts list and #35 on the list of all podcasts. The show currently gets about 30,000 downloads per month, with new shows averaging 9,800 downloads per episode and some getting 25,000 or more.
Our logo was designed by artist Blake Reynolds. Disclosure: Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy receives free review copies of many of the books we discuss, and occasionally free movie tickets or screeners.